Selene C. Koo

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Endonucleolytic ribozymes constitute a class of non-coding RNAs that catalyze single-strand RNA scission. With crystal structures available for all of the known ribozymes, a major challenge involves relating functional data to the physically observed RNA architecture. In the case of the hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme, there are three high-resolution(More)
Oligoribonucleotides containing a 5'-phosphorothiolate linkage have provided effective tools to study the mechanisms of RNA catalysis, allowing resolution of kinetic ambiguity associated with mechanistic dissection and providing a strategy to establish linkage between catalysis and specific functional groups. However, challenges associated with their(More)
Background: There are considerable demands to accurately measure estradiol (E2) at low concentrations (<20 pg/mL) in postmenopausal women, men, pediatric patients, and patients receiving breast cancer treatment. Most current high-sensitivity LC-MS/MS E2 methods require large sample volumes and involve complex sample preparations with dansyl chloride(More)
In the structures of the HDV ribozyme a cytosine nucleobase resides at the active site poised to participate directly in catalysis. Defining the functional role of the nucleobase requires nucleoside analogues that perturb the functional groups in a strategic manner. Herein, we have developed efficient methods for the synthesis of five C-nucleoside(More)
The chemical synthesis and incorporation of the phosphoramidite derivatives of 2 '-O-photocaged ribonucleosides (A, C, G and U) with o-nitrobenzyl, α-methyl-o-nitrobenzyl or 4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzyl group into oligoribonucleotides are described. The efficiency of UV irradiated uncaging of these 2'-O-photocaged oligoribonucleotides was found in the order(More)
The basic operations on them are named P and V for their Dutch abbreviations. The most familiar type is perhaps the “mutual exclusion” or “mutex” variety. Monitors are among the objects that may be built from these basic synchronization primitives. Though starvation through is possible with the weaker POSIX semantics, it cannot occur in the original version(More)
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